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Brendan Hoffman August 23, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Lina Nersesyan in her house. Nagorno-Karabakh, 2006

Brendan Hoffman (b. 1980, USA) is a freelance photographer based in Washington, DC.  Self taught, he began his career in 2006 after working for several years in the field of environmental policy. In addition to covering news and politics in the nation’s capital for clients including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Getty Images, and Bloomberg News, Brendan has tackled a variety of personal projects in Mexico, Peru, Russia, Upstate New York, and elsewhere. In 2009 he attended the Eddie Adams Workshop, and recently covered the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, where he continues to travel regularly. Brendan’s work is currently syndicated by Corbis.

About the Photograph:

“One of the first projects I embarked on after deciding to take up photography was about the ongoing impacts of the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. It’s one of multiple frozen conflicts that occurred during the breakup of the Soviet Union, and is profoundly important to both countries. Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Azerbaijanis were forced to flee the territory before fighting ceased in 1994, and have yet to return; many Armenians suffered as well. This photograph was made in the town of Sktaturashen, Nagorno-Karabakh, which used to be home to over 70 families. During the war, everyone left because the town was heavily attacked, and only this woman and her husband came back. To me, she looks like a ghost, a reminder of what used to be but is no longer. She represents one of many towns with a past but no future.”

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